The Aquarium offers a fun environment and enthusiastic educators to help your troop earn badges or patches. Our programs and workshops emphasize hands-on, experiential learning for your troop, pack, or den.
Don't see what you need? We may be able to customize a badge or patch workshop to meet your needs. Other experiences can also be scheduled for your group. Contact the Program Coordinator for more information.
Spend the night at the Aquarium! Meet our Animal Ambassadors, do scientific experiments, play nature-based games, and make crafts to take home. Reservations, deposit, and pre-payment are required. Visit the overnights page for more information.
Special Projects and Outreach
Is your troop or pack looking for a service project? Do you know a scout looking for a Bronze, Silver, Gold Project or Eagle Scout Project? Your scouts can help Aquarium educators with special events, path clean ups, craft stations, overnight programs, or take the lead in building displays for programs. Contact the Program Coordinator for more details and availability.
Outreach to Scout Meetings
The Aquarium can come to you for a program at your troop, pack, or den meeting. For more information, programs and prices, or to make a reservation, contact the Program Coordinator.
Frequently Asked Questions
Please contact the Program Coordinator at (757) 385-0278 to place a reservation. You will need the following:
- Date you would like to reserve.
- Workshop title.
- Payment method.
Note: Workshops are scheduled based on availability. Dates cannot be held without payment.
Workshop fees are listed with workshop descriptions. The fee includes one workshop for up to 20 scouts. The workshop fee is collected at the time a reservation is made. Until payment is received, you date is not confirmed.
There is a separate fee for Aquarium admission. The Aquarium Scout group admission cost is $8.00 per scout and $10.00 per adult, with 1 adult chaperone free for every group of 10 scouts. Aquarium admission must be paid in one lump sum to Guest Services, and is due at check in.
We accept the following payment methods:
- Personal Check *, **
- Money Order *
- Cashier's Check *
- American Express
* Payable to Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center.
** Returned checks will be charged an additional fee.
Programs and Workshops
Scouts are encouraged to bring:
- Writing utensil
- Small notebook
- Merit badge pamphlet and signed blue card (if applicable)